Mexico wins their 7th Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3 goals to 1 in the CONCACAF finals.
Mexico who started leading from early out in the match, managed to hold off the Reggae Boyz who only got one goal in from substitute, Darren Mattocks.
For the third time in six years, Mexico are the undisputed kings of CONCACAF. El Tri earned a 3-1 win over Jamaica in the 2015 Gold Cup final Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Not only does the victory open up a chance for Mexico to reach the 2017 Confederations Cup, but it also provides some much-needed job security for coach Miguel Herrera, who looked on shaky ground entering the tournament.
Some have argued the gulf in class between CONCACAF countries has lessened over the years, but El Tri proved they’re still the team to beat. Despite some lackluster showings earlier in the Gold Cup, they saved their best effort for the final.
Fox Soccer noted how they’ve dominated the competition over the years:
On paper, Mexico had a decided advantage over Jamaica in almost every facet of the game. El Tri have a much richer history, a better infrastructure and a larger pool of players from which to build a national team.
But with that advantage comes a demand for success. Anything less than a Gold Cup title would’ve been a massive disappointment for Mexico and Herrera.
Jamaica coach Winfried Schafer was all too happy to remind Mexico of the pressure they were under entering the match.
“We cannot lose,” Schafer said, per ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall. “[Mexico] is Goliath; we are David. We are a small country. Maybe Mexico City is bigger than Jamaica. We have a big heart, our players have big hearts, and each one is proud to play for Jamaica. Mexico have to win; we want to.”
Unlike some of their matches earlier in the Gold Cup, Mexico didn’t seem affected by the weight of expectation. They attacked well in the first half, getting three shots on target, and weren’t wasteful with their opportunities in the final third.
Andres Guardado, who has been one of Mexico’s best players throughout the Gold Cup, put El Tri ahead in the 31st minute.
Mexico caught Jamaica off guard with a quick free-kick. Paul Aguilar received the ball on the right and delivered a perfect cross at the far post for Guardado, who calmly delivered a beautiful volley into the back of the net, per Fox Soccer: